Biden picks Kerry for climate role

President-elect Joe Biden has announced his national security nominees and appointees, with a new role for former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry will become the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, with a seat on the National Security Council, as the new administration looks to put the environment at the heart of its plans.

As President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State in 2015, Kerry signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the US and his new role suggests the Biden administration will look to target climate change.

Kerry has also launched a bipartisan organization with the goal of reaching net-zero carbon in the US by 2050 – something that will require a major investment in new infrastructure to reduce the country’s carbon footprint.